NFLDraftScout.com has spoken with sources close to two top prospects, defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (Clemson) and offensive tackle Tyron Smith (USC), who had surgeries on torn meniscuses after the 2010 season.
Bowers rehabbed his injury immediately following the surgery six weeks ago, but now feels no effects. His injury is not preventing him from performing any drills at the Athletes Performance Institute's Los Angeles facility. The results of tests run recently make him confident he can prove his athleticism is elite, allowing them to keep their top five grade on him.
Smith is also well on the way to recovery after playing through his injured meniscus, on which he had surgery following the team's final game against UCLA. He is performing all of the Combine drills without any lingering issues with the knee. After playing most of the year at around 280 pounds, Smith is also weighing over 300, which will only help the cause of a young player who just turned 20 in mid-December.
Scouts are, frankly, more likely to be impressed by their toughness suiting up while in pain than any reprecussion from the operations.
It is still unclear, however, which tests either player will perform at the Combine, because they will make their decisions after going through workouts the rest of this week. But whether they run the forty yard dash in Indianapolis or at their respective pro days, expect both to look healthy -- and excel.
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter